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Storm blankets town, but doesn’t black it out

Police come to the aid of a school bus stuck on Ramapoo Road Wednesday afternoon. —Georganna Benedetto photo

UPDATED 7 a.m. — A nor’easter dumped around eight inches of snow on Ridgefield, but failed to cause any many power disruptions that had been feared.

At 5 a.m., only two Ridgefield CL&P customers were off-line;  in the state, only 346 were without power. By 7:15 a.m., three were offline.

There is a two-hour school delay this morning.

A car off Florida Hill Road and in a ditch Wednesday afternoon. —Amanda Cordano

The snow depth seems to be ranging between 7 and 8 inches south of the village, but because of the winds that blew the snow once it was on the ground, accurate measurements are not possible. Eastern parts of the state got a foot or more of snow.

Ridgefield did have at least one sizable outage Wednesday evening as a major feeder on Barry Avenue failed, shutting off power in the Barry/West Mountain Road corridor, including parts of the Westmoreland neighborhood, all the way our to the state line. A total of 486 customers were affected. However, a CL&P crew was at the scene of the problem within a half hour, and had power restored soon after.

Because school was in session yesterday, officials were caught off guard by the snow, which was much more than had been predicted for this area.

Vicki Biehl’s yard yesterday afternoon.

As noted during more than 300 reports on our Twitter feed yesterday, many school buses and vans became stuck, some for more than 3 hours, and there were many problems getting children home. The bus drivers did, as one tweet observed, a “heroic” job under the worst of circumstances.

Countless commuters were also stuck in the mess. Route 35, South Salem Road, and Route 33, Wilton Road West, were closed for extended periods, and many minor accidents — and many disabled cars — were reported. Even a state highway department sander wound up in a ditch on Wilton Road West, and had to be towed out.

One of the HART commuter buses that run between Katonah Station and Ridgefield also had difficulties, and eventually got stuck. A pregnant woman was one of the passengers; she was reportedly driven home by a passerby. Other passengers hitchhiked.

Some HART buses used I-684, I-84, and Route 7 to get to Ridgefield.

Highway crews worked late into the evening, and resumed plowing and “salting” at 4 a.m.  State roads appear to be in good shape, and major town roads are also clear.

Temperatures are supposed to reach around 41 degrees today, with some sun possibility peaking through clouds around noon.

First snowman of the season checks out tree toppled in last week’s storm. —Maureen Culhane

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